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Policy and Project Officer - Health - Flexible Location

The Social Policy Group
  • Full time, One-year contract with a possibility of extension

About The Social Policy Group

The Social Policy Group (SPG) is a national body with specialist expertise in social policy, social and community cohesion, population diversity, gender equality, access and equity, community participation and inclusion, systems’ responsiveness, community outreach and engagement, and digital and multilingual communications. SPG is an umbrella organisation for a number of national bodies and initiatives, including Migrant and Refugee Health Partnership, Migration Council Australia, Centre of Digital Wellbeing, Judicial Council on Cultural Diversity, and Harmony Alliance: Migrant and Refugee Women for Change, among others.

About the position

The successful applicant will be required to work across a range of policy objectives and facilitate a number of programs with a focus on population health, and particularly migrant and refugee health. The position reports to the Manager – Health and Mental Health.

Primary responsibilities

  • Facilitate a range of projects with a focus on improving population health outcomes, with a particular focus on migrants and refugees, and enhancing cultural responsiveness of health workforce, systems and services.
  • Undertake research on health policies and issues affecting migrants and refugees both in Australia and internationally, through desktop analysis and consultation with relevant community and sector stakeholders.
  • Develop policy advice and prepare policy briefs and other material for internal and public dissemination.
  • Develop tools and resources for community and industry.
  • Support the work of Migrant and Refugee Health Partnership.
  • Carry out other duties in this regard as requested by supervisor.

The mix of activities in this role varies in accordance with work priorities and can shift from week to week. Flexibility, versatility and resourcefulness are essential in our small team. Travel will be required at times to successfully perform this role.

Key selection criteria


  • A demonstrated understanding of health policy and practice as they relate to health access, experience and outcomes for migrants and refugees.
  • Exceptional written communication skills are a must, including the ability to develop quality issues briefs, research and consultation reports, and other policy papers.
  • Exceptional oral communication skills, including the ability to communicate with purpose and influence.
  • Prior experience with stakeholder engagement and management.
  • Proven analytical and research skills.
  • Self-motivation and ability to deal with a high level of responsibility.
  • Strong computer literacy skills.
  • Adaptability and the ability to work collaboratively and independently within a small team.


  • Understanding of, and commitment to, the issues of migrants and refugees.
  • Health expertise and formal qualifications in a relevant discipline.
  • Experience working in the not-for-profit sector.
  • Knowledge of government and public policy processes.

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